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Monday, August 31, 2009

Mac OS Snow Leopard: Great News For Windows 7, Too

Dong Ngo, CNET Tweet

Apple's New OS Geared For Multicore Future

Stephen Shankland, CNET

Apple began shipping Snow Leopard on Friday, but the true importance of the Mac OS X update likely will emerge well afterward. Tweet

All A Cub Reporter Needs Is A Scoop And An iPhone

Claire Cain Miller, New York Times

A Web site for local news hopes to fill the growing void in professionally reported local news by recruiting citizens armed with iPhones as reporters. Tweet

SEC Investigating Apple Trading

Dan Dorfman, Huffington Post

Hey, have some investors been screwing around illegally with the shares of high-flying Apple, Inc., a superstar of the investment scene?

Apparently, the Securities & Exchange Commission is suspicious this may be the case and has kicked off an investigation into the trading in Apple's securities both here and abroad. This is revealed in a series of documents it recently fired off to the brokerage community. Tweet

There’s An App for That- Small Uses That Make The iPhone Great

Dan Cohen, Gear Diary

As much as I may complain about Apple and AT&T these days I still love my iPhone 3GS. In fact it is because the iPhone is as remarkable as it is that I get frustrated with Apple and AT&T standing in the way of the device reaching toward its potential. Tweet

Is The Tyranny Of The Mac Fan Boy Waning?

Sarah Lacy, TechCrunch

Some reporters– long harassed by Mac fan boys when they’ve dared to criticize the company (read: do their jobs) — are saying a sea change is occurring in Apple fan boy nation. Tweet

Sunday, August 30, 2009

iPhone Competition With Nintendo DS And Sony PSP Makes Companies Rethink Approach To Game Apps

Patrick Huguenin, New York Daily News

As the game offerings for the iPhone grow in numbers and sophistication, the touch-screen gadget has emerged as a competitor to hand-held gaming devices such as the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP. The result: Major game companies are rethinking how they handle the market. Tweet

Apple's Snow Leopard Puts The Industry To Shame

Christopher Saunders,

The company's superior approach to the OS can't be denied. We have another example of how Apple's is unique in the realm of mainstream consumer operating systems: OS X gets faster and more powerful each time without significantly upping its hardware requirements. Tweet

Can Apple Sustain Its Run?

John C. Dvorak, MarketWatch

CEO Steve Jobs at least is looking to be innovative and aggressive. Tweet

Don't Dare Take Your iPhone Abroad Before Reading This

Karen Torme Olson, Chicago Tribune

By then, I had been in Europe for a month and realized that my next AT&T bill would be astronomical. I had been taking and sending photos, reading and writing e-mails, surfing the Internet, downloading digital newspapers and watching mindless YouTube footage with abandon. Tweet

Snow Leopard: What's Gone Where

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

When you first take a look around OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), you might think Apple has done away with some of OS X 10.5’s applications and utilities. What, for instance, happened to the Exposé application? It used to be in the Applications folder. Is it really gone? Tweet

Snow Leopard's System Preferences Shuffle

Dan Frakes, Macworld

As it does in every major upgrade to Mac OS X, Apple has renovated System Preferences in Snow Leopard, reorganizing individual panes and changing the layout of settings within panes. You’ll also find new settings and wonder where some old ones went. Here are some of the most notable changes. Tweet

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The App Store Goes To China

Brian Caulfield, Forbes

A deal with China Unicom is good news for Apple--and better news for developers. Tweet

How Yelp May Have Further Harmed The App Store Approval Process With Its Easter Egg

Matt Galligan, TechCrunch

Call it sneaky, call it clever, but I call it deceit. Apple has put forth specific guidelines, and “rules” around their app development, and while I don’t always agree, it’s the reality of how we must work with them for now. Tweet

Apple's China iPhone Deal A Good Start

Yinka Adegoke, Reuters

The three-year deal with China Unicom, the country's second-largest carrier with more than 14O million customers, is not exclusive, in sharp contrast to its U.S. arrangement with AT&T Inc. Tweet

What's The Real Deal With 64-bit Computing In Snow Leopard?

Ryan Faas, Computerworld

This is true: The kernel in Snow Leopard is designed to load in 32-bit operation by default on most Mac systems. However, focusing on the kernel, which facilitates very low-level functions that generally don't benefit from 64-bit operation, is missing the real point of 64-bit computing in Snow Leopard. Tweet

Sources: Current iPod SKUs Discontinued, Hinting At Refresh

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Sources from Apple Authorized Resellers have confirmed to Ars that current stock is dwindling (if not completely gone in some cases) and that no more of the current models are coming in. Additionally, all current SKUs are being discontinued, with no word on when new models may arrive. Tweet

The Impact Of Installing Rosetta On Snow Leopard (Spoiler: None)

Jason D. O'Grady, The Apple Core Tweet

Create Smart Burn Folders

Rob Griffiths, Macworld Tweet

Snow Leopard: An Upgrade In Camouflage

Stephen H. Wildstrom, BusinessWeek

The power of Apple's new Mac operating system is mostly under the hood. Tweet

Missing Sync Helps Palm OS Users With Snow Leopard Transition

Peter Cohen, Macworld

If you’re using a Palm OS-based PDA or smartphone and you plan to upgrade to Snow Leopard, you’re going to need third-party software if you plan to synchronize your Mac data to the device. Snow Leopard breaks compatibility with Palm’s moribund Palm Desktop software once and for all. Fortunately, Mark/Space says that its Missing Sync for Palm OS has been tested to work with the operating system. Tweet

Snow Leopard: Five Reasons To Upgrade Now

Tom Kaneshige, CIO

Though it's billed as an under-the-hood upgrade, Apple's newest OS offers plenty of features to entice users. Tweet

OpenCL: Parallel Programmers' New Best Friend

Peter Glaskowsky, CNET

All this support for OpenCL means that it should become the first choice of academic and commercial developers who want a good cross-platform way to develop parallel code. Expect to see OpenCL used in software for audio and video processing, cryptography, medical imaging, and many other applications--including, of course, gaming. Tweet

Snow Leopard Doesn't Sync With Palm OS Devices

Matt Hamblen, InfoWorld

Some users of Palm smartphones are upset that the new Snow Leopard operating system won't sync Apple computers with Palm OS devices, calling it Apple's payback for the Palm's sync of iTunes to the Palm Pre.

Write your own sync plug-in, Palm. If Apple can create iTunes for Windows, so can anyone else. :-) Tweet

Strange Symbiosis Among Apple, Microsoft, And Open Source

Matt Asay , CNET

On the ground, there are ideological skirmishes between rival camps of customers. In the boardroom, plots are hatched to ridicule the competition. But in reality, Microsoft needs Apple needs open source needs Google needs....You get the picture. Tweet

Will Apple Stumble With Snow Leopard?

Daniel Lyons, Newsweek

The good news is, whether you live in the world of Mac, or the world of Windows—or if, like me, you spend time in both—by the end of this year, you're going to be running a better operating system than you were last year. And that's most definitely a good thing, even if Snow Leopard isn't up to Steve Jobs's exacting standards. Tweet

Apple Lists Software Known To Be Janky With Snow Leopard

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Forget Adobe CS3. There's a whole swath of software applications that won't work well (or at all) with Snow Leopard, and Apple has listed out a handful of them for your convenience. Some will be prevented from loading, so check out the list before you install. Tweet

Friday, August 28, 2009

Snow Leopard's Old And New Annoyances

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Overall, I have to say that many of the problems things that annoyed me in OS X 10.5 are still there in 10.6. And I found a couple of new ones. Tweet

Apple's Growing Role In WebKit Development, And What It Means For Flash

Edible Apple Tweet

Wake On Demand Lets Snow Leopard Sleep With One Eye Open

Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

Wake on Demand is a useful feature for Mac users who share resources between multiple machines, but it comes with some notable provisos. The first is the type of equipment you’ll need. Tweet

Installing Snow Leopard: What You Need To Know

Dan Frakes, Macworld Tweet

Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Perfection, Refined

Tom Yager, InfoWorld

Owners of Intel Macs should consider Snow Leopard a must-have because it's optimized for their hardware to an extreme that Apple could not approach before. Tweet

China Unicom Strikes iPhone Deal

Lorraine Luk and Aaron Back, Wall Street Journal

China Unicom Ltd. said Friday it signed a three-year agreement with Apple Inc. to sell the iPhone in China, with an official initial launch likely in the fourth quarter.

China Unicom didn't elaborate on its iPhone plans in a statement, but investors are eagerly anticipating details on pricing, the service package, and the extent of handset subsidies. It is also unclear whether the device's Wi-Fi Internet function will have to be disabled to comply with Chinese regulations. Apple spokesman Alan Hely confirmed the deal with China Unicom, but declined to give further details. Tweet

Yelp Brings First US Augmented Reality App To iPhone Store

Marshall Kirkpatrick, ReadWriteWeb

Social review service Yelp has snuck the first Augmented Reality (AR) iPhone app specifically for the US into the iTunes App Store. The undisclosed new feature allows iPhone 3Gs owners to shake their phones three times to turn on a view called "the Monocle." This view uses the phone's GPS and compass to display markers for restaurants, bars and other nearby businesses on top of the camera's view. Tweet

Apple Approves iPhone Music App

Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service

Apple has approved a streaming music application from Spotify for use on the iPhone, even though the program will compete with Apple's own iTunes service. Tweet

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Apple Stores Opening Early For Snow Leopard Launch

Jeff Gamet, The Mac Observer

Apple Stores around the U.S. are opening early of Friday, August 28, so Mac owners can buy their copy of Snow Leopard first thing in the morning. Many locations around the country will be open as early as 8AM which means shoppers should be able to get their hands on Mac OS X 10.6 in stores ahead of pre-order deliveries. Tweet

French Minister To Meet Apple Chief On 'exploding iPhones'


France's consumer affairs minister will meet a director of Apple France for talks on Friday after half a dozen cases in which iPhones are said to have spontaneously exploded or cracked up. Tweet

Snow Leopard's New Math

Jason Snell, Macworld

Some of the math Apple uses in Mac OS X has changed in Snow Leopard. Particularly, the method Mac OS X uses to describe a file's size. It has to do with how you define a kilobyte, megabyte, and gigabyte. Tweet

Aperture 2.1.4 Released

Peter Cohen, Macworld

Aperture 2.1.4 “addresses general compatibility, improves overall stability, and fixes a number of issues involving import, web publishing, and the creation and ordering of books,” according to Apple. Tweet

AirPort Menu Improves In Snow Leopard

Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

Snow Leopard packs in many little refinements, but those nearest to my heart are three changes to the AirPort menu, one immediately noticeable, one subtle, and one hidden. Tweet

Snow Leopard: QuickTime X

Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Snow Leopard brings with it a new version of Apple’s QuickTime multimedia architecture, called QuickTime X. The most noticeable difference is a redesigned QuickTime Player. Like the version of iMovie introduced in iLife ’08, QuickTime Player gains some features, streamlines workflows, and also loses some previous functionality. Tweet

Snow Leopard Makes Strides In Accessibility

Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

Services Step Out In Snow Leopard

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Snow Leopard, I'm thrilled to report, addresses these issues head-on. The result is that services are now not only really useful, but more powerful than in any prior OS X release. Tweet

Relax: Photoshop CS3 Works On Snow Leopard

Stephen Shankland, CNET

An Adobe Systems executive is trying to calm Photoshop users who were alarmed to hear an earlier but still widely used version of Photoshop isn't supported on Snow Leopard, the new Apple operating system arriving Friday. Tweet

Apple Snow Leopard Used As Lure For Trojan

Brian Prince, eWeek

Trend Micro finds a malware campaign that ropes in victims by offering free copies of Mac OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard. What users really get is a DNS-changer Trojan. Tweet

Apple Gets Higher Profile In HTML Standardization

Stephen Shankland, CNET

An Apple manager has become a co-chairman of the group standardizing HTML, giving the company a higher-profile role in a crucial time for development of the language used to build Web pages. Tweet

A Brief History Of iPhones In China

Juliet Ye, Wall Street Journal

For nearly two years, Apple has reportedly been engaged in negotiations to sell the iPhone in China. The company’s notorious secrecy about its plans is perhaps matched only by the lack of transparency at China’s state-owned telecom carriers — a combination that has led to years of speculation, rumor, gray markets and occasionally conflicting media reports on when the popular handset might debut in the world’s biggest cellphone market. Tweet

Snow Leopard Could Level Security Playing Field

Elinor Mills, CNET

Friday's release of the new version of the Mac OS, dubbed Snow Leopard, could include some security features that would make it secure, or at least push it closer to the level of security that Vista and Windows 7 have, experts said this week. Tweet

Snow Leopard Review

Joshua Topolsky, Engadget

In a way that means the pressure's on even more: Apple took the unusual and somewhat daring step of slowing feature creep in a major OS to focus on speed, reliability, and stability, and if Snow Leopard doesn't deliver on those fronts, it's not worth $30... it's not worth anything. So did Apple pull it off? Tweet

$30 Snow Leopard Disc Can Upgrade Tiger

Pete Mortensen, Cult of Mac

What do you think, Tiger users? Will you abide by formal ethics or just buy the cheapest upgrade path ever? And will your Leopard-buying friends hate you for it? Tweet

Apple Snow Leopard A Speedy No-Brainer Upgrade

Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun Times

Impressive and important, it’s an update that will revitalize your existing Mac even though you’ll be stumped for a quick five-minute demo that convinces the people around you that much of anything has changed at all. Tweet

'Exploding iPhones': More French Cases As Apple Faces Inquiry


Half a dozen new cases of "exploding iPhones" have emerged in France, as Apple faced an official inquiry and calls to come clean over possible risks linked to its wildly popular smartphone. Tweet


吴庆康, 联合早报

期待已久的最新苹果电脑操作系统Mac OS X 10.6“雪豹”Snow Leopard,将在明天正式推出。“雪豹”有很多亮点,除了能让苹果电脑的运作更快捷外,对中文使用者来说,最惊喜的就是可以在触控板上,手写输入中文字。 Tweet

Upgrading To Apple's Snow Leopard OS: What You Need To Know

(Ryan Faas), Computerworld

Before you can appreciate Snow Leopard's performance, user interface refinements, and technology tweaks, you have to get it installed. Here's what you need to know about the upgrade process -- which in itself illustrates both UI improvements and under-the-hood advances over past versions of Mac OS X. Tweet

What's Wrong With Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Galen Gruman, Computerworld

some of the more welcome additions to Snow Leopard also house some of the bigger disappointments. By not going far enough, Snow Leopard's support for Exchange 2007 and Cisco's VPN protocol are chief among them. Tweet

Review: Apple's Snow Leopard Opens Door To A Fab Future

Michael DeAgonia, Computerworld

Mac OS X Snow Leopard offers a slew of hidden features and lays the groundwork for big advances to come. Tweet

Gauging Snow Leopard's Speed Boosts

James Galbraith, Macworld

Half of our tests showed improvement right out of the gate and only a couple showed any backwards progress. Apple will, no doubt, continue to refine and improve performance of the OS in the weeks and months to come. And applications, including Apple’s own, will be optimized to take advantage of Snow Leopard’s processor technologies like Grand Central Dispatch and Open CL. Tweet

Apple Changes Leopard’s Spots

Walter S. Mossberg, Wall Street Journal

Apple already had the best computer operating system in Leopard, and Snow Leopard makes it a little better. But it isn’t a big breakthrough for average users, and, even at $29, it isn’t a typical Apple lust-provoking product. Tweet

Apple’s Sleek Upgrade

David Pogue, New York Times

If you’re already running Leopard, paying the $30 for Snow Leopard is a no-brainer. You’ll feel the leap forward in speed polish, and you’ll keep experiencing those “oh, that’s nice” moments for weeks to come. Tweet

iPhone App Review Process: Fix It, Don't Kill It

Sam Diaz, ZDNet

You know what happens when you let anyone develop software for your platform and then consumers install it without knowing whether it’s safe or not? You become Microsoft Windows - and the next thing you know, you’re installing and updating anti-virus software, you’re trying to block pop-ups and scanning the system to see if your files have been compromised. Tweet

Snow Leopard: The In-depth Review

Jason Snell, Macworld

The result is a Mac OS X update unlike any in recent memory, one that boosts speeds, reclaims disk space, tweaks dozens of features, and lays the groundwork for a new generation of computers that feature 64-bit multicore microprocessors, ultra-powerful graphics processors, and massive amounts of memory. These features, combined with the low upgrade price of $29, make Snow Leopard the biggest no-brainer of an upgrade since Mac OS X 10.1. Tweet

Sorry, But Apple Doesn't Give A Crap About Chinese iPhone Knockoffs

Dan Frommer, Business Insider

The reality is that Apple likely has much bigger concerns in China than crappy iPhone knockoffs. In fact, it's probably the least of its worries. Tweet

The Secret To Apple's Success

Daniel Indiviglio, The Atlantic

Apple's marriage of form and function also helps to justify its price tags. The result: despite the deep recession, people are still spending money on items like the iPhone. And that's why, even at a time like this, the Fifth Avenue Apple Store is pure mayhem. Tweet

Snow Leopard Includes Rudimentary Malware Protection

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

The malware threat on Mac OS X is infinitesimally small, but it does exist. The biggest threat so far seems to come from trojans that attempt to disguise themselves as legitimate software updates or installers. Though it's not mentioned anywhere in the extensive list of enhancements and refinements on Apple's website, it turns out that Snow Leopard does have some level of protection against such malware. Tweet

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Unsupported On OS X Snow Leopard


Adobe Principal Product Manager for Photoshop John Nack reports that the company has put together a Snow Leopard FAQ (PDF) notifying customers that while its Creative Suite 4 package is compatible with Apple's forthcoming Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Creative Suite 3 and other earlier versions have not been tested for compatibility and will not be updated if found to be incompatible. Tweet

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Can A Mac Lover Go PC?

Paul McKenzie, Independent

One thing that I've learnt is that, although Apple has only a 10 per cent share of the market, more PC users wish they owned a Mac than vice-versa. I think I can see why. Having used a Mac for all of my journalistic life, I've seen nothing on the other side that could make me switch – although the Dell Studio 1555 gave me reason to think. I also feel that too much is made of the "Macs are expensive" argument – given the relative high cost of some high-end PCs. In both cases, you get what you pay for. So I'm going to treat myself to a MacBook Pro. Why? Because I'm worth it. Tweet

Snow Leopard`s Timing Is Extremely Important For Apple

Don Reisinger, eWeek

Snow Leopard's release on Aug. 28 ensures that Apple will have all the time it needs to differentiate itself against the Windows juggernaut, especially as Microsoft gears up to offer Windows 7 in October. Apple, once again, made a bold, yet smart move. Tweet

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

TextWrangler 3.0 Adds FTP, SFTP Interface


The latest version allows users to edit within disk browsers, search result windows, non-modal Find windows and multi-file search windows. The update better supports Ruby and JavaScript languages and introduces a new interface that works with files via FTP and SFTP. Tweet

Psystar Hit With $5K Fine For Discovery Abuse

Jeff Gamet, The Mac Observer

Unauthorized Mac clone maker Psystar was slapped with a US$5,000 fine for discovery abuse, indicating the company's "guns blazin'" legal strategy may have misfired. The ruling came as part of Apple's case against the company for selling PCs with Mac OS X pre-installed. Tweet

Save Money With Your Mac


Ways your computer can help you spend less and get more. Tweet

Opinion: iMovie Needs To Open Up To Developers

Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Although I love the simplicity that iMovie ‘09 offers for quickly cutting together and sharing a movie, one casualty of the new architecture (which debuted with iMovie ‘08) is that there’s no longer a way for companies to create third-party plug-ins that you can add to iMovie. That means every iMovie user on the planet is stuck with the same set of effects. Seriously, how many “Circle Open” transitions can you watch before wanting to gouge your eyes out? Tweet

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Joe Hewitt

I shouldn't have to argue for why it is better to assume people are innocent until proven guilty. There are plenty of successful platforms out there which free developers to publish anything, but punish them if they do something harmful. This allows developers to move fast, fix bugs immediately, get feedback from users at a very low cost. Any bug that Apple finds after their two week delay would have been found by users on day one, and fixed on day two. I'd rather have a bug in the wild for one day than have an app in the review queue for two weeks. Tweet

10 Reasons Why Snow Leopard Is An Essential Upgrade

Pete Mortensen, Cult of Mac

Three days from the next great version of the best great thing, here are 10 reasons why you should upgrade to Snow Leopard. Tweet

Snow Leopard Upgrade For Mac More Of A Marketing Than Tech Tool?

John Boudreau, San Jose Mercury News Tweet

Apple's Snow Leopard: Same Great UI, Refinements Under The Hood

Dan Turner, Computerworld

Most of what's new in Mac OS X 10.6 won't be obvious to users. Tweet

Apple App Store Approvals: The Perception Game Playbook Emerges

Larry Dignan, ZDNet

The Apple App Store playbook is starting to come into view. The game appears to revolve around managing perception and backing Apple into a corner if you’re a developer on the fence. Apple has its own playbook to play defense. Tweet

Apple's Animal Farm

Jon Fortt, Fortune

Apple’s technology is gorgeous all right. But as Apple gets more power, a funny thing is happening on the farm. Innovation and expression on Apple’s iPhone platform are beginning to suffer, even as Apple insists that its restrictions are for our own good. And as we gaze out at the titans of the tech landscape, it’s getting difficult to tell which are the humans and which are the pigs. Tweet

Discontent Rising Over Apple's App Store

Tim Barribeau, Sydney Morning Herald

Much of the controversy stems from the App Store's inconsistent manner of dealing with content. A number of times an application has made it through to the store, and then been pulled when outrage is sufficient. Tweet

Apple's Latest Ads Continue To Respond To Microsoft's Campaign

MacRumors Tweet

Apple, The FCC, And The Sideloading Solution

Nilay Patel, Engadget

I want to talk about technology, not paperwork -- apps, not policy. Tweet

Monday, August 24, 2009

Why Did Apple Okay RingCentral?

Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

Why has a free app that does essentially the same thing — and would seem to raise the same red flags for Apple — been sitting on the App Store for nearly 10 months? Tweet

The 7 Best Features In Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Galen Gruman, Computerworld

Apple's under-the-hood update includes some surprisingly nice changes for users. Tweet

8 Years Of Great Mac OS X Box Design End In A Stupid Clip Art Cat

Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo Australia Tweet

Analysis: Insight Into The FCC Questions For Apple

John Martellaro, The Mac Observer Tweet

iPod Nano 4G 1.0.4 Update Fixes DST Issue

MacNN Tweet

Five Favorite Excel Tips

Sharon Zardetto, Macworld

Whether you’re using Microsoft Excel 2008 or 2004, you need some tricks up your sleeve for easing day-to-day tasks, such as entering data or custom sorting, as well as for special situations, such as using colors not included on the Standard palette. Here are my five favorite Excel tips for everyday use and beyond. Tweet

Five Ways Your iPhone Can Save You Money

Tony Craine, Macworld

Great apps help you pinch pennies on-the-go. Tweet

Apple To Release Snow Leopard On August 28

Dan Moren, Macworld

The wait for Snow Leopard is over: on Monday, Apple announced that the latest version of its Mac OS X operating system would be available starting Friday, August 28. Tweet

Will Apple Approve Rhapsody’s Music Application?

Saul Hansell, New York Times

While this application might drive some sales for Apple, the company might also see it as direct competition to iTunes. After all, if you like streaming on demand, you may not need to buy as much music. Tweet

Apple Blogger Legally Unlocks iPhone


An iPhone blogger has revealed a way of legally unlocking the device after paying off his mobile contract. Tweet

Apple’s Retail Stores Continue To Boom, With Fifth Avenue Location In NYC Earning $35,000 Per Square Foot

EdibleApple Tweet

My Evil iPhone

Amanda Fortini, Salon

The iPhone was supposed to revolutionize our lives. Why is it ruining mine? Tweet

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Distinctions Without Differences: Apple's Inconsistent App Store Rejection Policies

Sang Tang, TUAW Tweet

The Real Truth About Apple And Google And Arrington

Steve Gillmor, TechCrunch IT

Apple is conspiring with Google to force the FCC to “force” Apple to, regrettably, open the door to VoIP and the Universal Inbox. Tweet

How To Take Great Action Photos With Your iPhone 3GS

Giles Turnbull, Cult of Mac Tweet

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Google’s Response To The FCC

TechCrunch Tweet

AT&T Statement On Letter To The FCC Regarding Apple App Store


To that end, let me state unequivocally, AT&T had no role in any decision by Apple to not accept the Google Voice application for inclusion in the Apple App Store. AT&T was not asked about the matter by Apple at any time, nor did we offer any view one way or the other. Tweet

A Steve Jobs Confession, A Fanboy Shock

Ryan Tate, Gizmodo

Now matter how Apple's defenders were rallied this time around — we suspect, as a rule, that it had more to do with anti-AT&T bias than some pro-Apple whisper campaign — one can only hope this incident will further erode the myth that Apple is fundamentally any less inclined toward spiteful self-defeating authoritarianism than any other corporation of its size, be it AT&T, Google or, only slightly larger these days, Microsoft. Tweet

Apple Sued For Infringing '1000 TVs' Copyright


Apple Inc was sued by a Colorado resident who accused it of misappropriating an "iconic" photo he possesses for the company's popular iPhone. Tweet

Apple Retail Deconstructed: Reports & Figures

Chris Ryan, GigaOM

It seems like Apple’s retail initiatives are always shrouded in a dark veil of secrecy. Though we often hear how well they’re doing financially, what do those numbers look like on the inside? What figures does a typical Apple store track? Straight from the horse’s mouth, here’s a breakdown of a typical financial report that shows what metrics are important in Cupertino. Tweet

Apple, Google And AT&T Letters To FCC: The Reactions, And Why Google's Letter Is Redacted

Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek Tweet

Reading Between The Lines Of Apple’s FCC Reply

Mike Ash, Under The Microscope Tweet

AT&T Denies Squelching Google Voice For iPhone

Tom Krazit, CNET

AT&T told federal regulators on Friday that it played no part in Apple's decision to keep the Google Voice application from the App Store, while Apple said it never actually rejected the application. Tweet

Apple Answers The FCC’s Questions


Contrary to published reports, Apple has not rejected the Google Voice application, and continues to study it. The application has not been approved because, as submitted for review, it appears to alter the iPhone’s distinctive user experience by replacing the iPhone’s core mobile telephone functionality and Apple user interface with its own user interface for telephone calls, text messaging and voicemail. Apple spent a lot of time and effort developing this distinct and innovative way to seamlessly deliver core functionality of the iPhone. Tweet

Choice Nuggets From Apple’s Response To The FCC’s Inquiry Regarding The Rejection And Removal Of Google Voice Apps From The App Store

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Apple’s response is worth reading in its entirety; it is written in clear, plain language, and gives straight answers to nearly all questions. Tweet

Friday, August 21, 2009

Apple Releases Logic Express 9 With New Instruments, Effects


On the heels of the debut of the new Logic Pro suite, Apple this week began shipping the new $199 Logic Express, featuring many of the new capabilities found in Logic Pro 9. Tweet

Jobs Liver Transplant Lets Memphis Cancer Doctor Be Like Apple

John Lauerman and Connie Guglielmo, Bloomberg Tweet

OmniOutliner 3.9 Adds Auto-save, More

Jeff Gamet, The Mac Observer

The OmniGroup's OmniOutliner Pro 3.9 rolled out on Thursday with support for Apple's auto-save feature and the ability to export to Microsoft's Open XML format. Tweet

iPhone Configuration Utility 2.0

John C. Welch, Macworld

In the hands of an IT administrator, Apple’s iPhone Configuration Utility becomes an important security tool for iPhones on his network. The new 2.0 release sports some welcome improvements, though it could use better documentation and still falls flat in some areas. Tweet

Apple Continues To Right App Store Wrongs. Obama “Hope” App Is Go.

MG Siegler, TechCrunch

After months of ridiculous rejection after ridiculous rejection, Apple has seemingly been on a mission get clean up its act. Tweet

Apple Updates Remote Desktop Admin, Client Software

Jonathan Seff, Macworld Tweet

DateLine Keeps You On Schedule

Scott McNulty, Macworld

This tiny utility only does one thing: displays the days of the current month in a line. Tweet

Pimp My Code, Part 16: On Heuristics And Human Factors

Wil Shipley, Call Me Fishmeal.

Life isn't fair, and programming is even less fair. Programming is all about picking a certain class of users with a certain specific class of problems, and making their lives much much better. Tweet

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Nintendo: We Killed The DS Lookalike App

Don Reisinger, CNET

In response to a request for comment, Nintendo spokesman Charlie Scibetta wrote that his company felt it needed to protect its intellectual property. Tweet

Why AT&T Killed Google Voice

Andy Kessler, Wall Street Journal

What this episode really uncovers is that AT&T is dying. AT&T is dragging down the rest of us by overcharging us for voice calls and stifling innovation in a mobile data market critical to the U.S. economy. Tweet

Preserve Your Mac's Resale Value

Dan Frakes, Macworld

Save money and keep current by selling recent-vintage models. Tweet

Buy A Used Mac (Without Getting Burned)

Cyrus Farivar, Macworld

Sure, it doesn’t have all the glitz of a shiny new unibody MacBook, but an older-generation MacBook might just do the trick for a lot less money. Heck, you’d be surprised at how well an older iBook G4 can still handle just about everything that you might want to do. Here’s how to make sure your money is well spent. Tweet

What's "64-bit" On Snow Leopard?

Jason Snell, Macworld

If you’re running a Mac powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or an Intel Xeon processor, your Mac is 64-bit capable. And Snow Leopard runs 64-bit applications regardless of whether it’s booting into a 64-bit or 32-bit kernel. Tweet

Apple Releases Bluetooth, Hard Drive Firmware Updates

Jonathan Seff, Macworld

Bluetooth Firmware Update 2.0.1 provides bug fixes and better compatibility with the Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse and Wireless Keyboard. Tweet

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Apple Releases MacBook Pro Hard Drive Firmware Update


A new firmware fix for some MacBook Pro hard drives aims to stop random noises, perhaps bringing relief to some who have been plagued by clicking and beeping internal drives. Tweet

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Nintendo DS Lookalike Disappears From App Store

Don Reisinger, CNET Tweet

Super Get Info Axed, Mailsmith Becomes Freeware

Peter Cohen, Macworld

Bare Bones Software on Tuesday announced the discontinuation of its Super Get Info utility and noted that Mailsmith, its e-mail client, has become freeware, with a new firm supporting the software. Tweet

Apple Releases IPhoto 8.1 Update

Kelly Turner, Macworld

The newest version of iPhoto ’09 primarily adds new project templates, including a larger hard-cover book that measures 13 inches by 10 inches. Tweet

Exploding iPhones Are 'Isolated Cases', Apple Tells The EU


Apple has told the European Commission that widely reported cases of exploding iPhones should be treated as "isolated incidents", officials in Brussels said Tuesday. Apple is investigating possible causes but insists that there are no general problems with its best-selling product, said a commission spokeswoman, Helen Kearns. Tweet

Beyond HandBrake's Defaults

Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

Review: Gorilla 4.5.5

Mike Curtis, Macworld

Considering the complexity of trying to keep track of this much information manually, the high cost of film production compared to the cost of the software, Gorilla 4.5.5 is a no brainer. For small independent production companies with one person handling budgets and perhaps another handling scheduling, if you don't already have a very tight, elegant solution in place for tracking these kinds of things, buy yourself a this package. You'll be glad you did, but don't expect it to solve all your problems. Tweet

Apple And Me: An Imperfect Union

Wendy Sheehan Donnell, PC Magazine

Draconian. Monopolistic. Hypocritical. Call the company and its policies what you will, but I'm sticking with Apple. Tweet

Apple Tops PC Industry In Consumer Satisfaction

John Boudreau, San Jose Mercury News

When it comes to feeling the love from consumers, Apple remains atop the PC heap, while Detroit is pleasing more customers with its cars, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, which is being released today. Tweet

Apple's Buzz Engine Fueled By More Than Jobs

Jim Dalrymple, CNET

While Jobs is certainly the driving force behind the company, he doesn't spend all night dreaming up products, then sitting in his garage soldering chips and components together so he can walk into the engineering team and say, "This is what I want." Tweet

Monday, August 17, 2009

Google's GMail Push App Arrives On App Store


The app enables instant notification of new messages that arrive in a GMail inbox. Users can configure a variety of alert methods such as vibrate, ring, automatic presentation of the e-mail on the standby screen, or a count of new messages displayed on the GPush icon. Tweet

Five Favorite Word Tips

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Get more out of the word-processing standard with these time-saving tricks. Tweet

Beautiful And Rich

Tiernan Ray, Barron's

Why, then, spend the extra bucks on an Apple? Sure, it's chic, but it also has a more powerful processor than most cheaper machines, as well as a stunning display and excellent keyboard. That adds up to a superior computing experience. Tweet

From The Apple Of My Ear To The Core Of Cacophony

The Australian

I love my iPod. My friends love theirs. We're not alone. The things are everywhere. But there is just one problem with the iPod's ubiquity: iPod earphones are everywhere, too. Tweet

Sunday, August 16, 2009

MyAppleMenu Goes Dark

Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

I'm on reservist duties for the next 2 weeks, which means that there will be minimal updates on this website until 30th August, 2009. Tweet

China Risks Apple’s Reputation Tweet

Streaming Video From Your iPhone? They Crippled The App For That.


It still grates that the phone that is helping to save AT&T financially has its users abused by having lesser services than other phones that are allowed on the same network. Tweet

Apple Targeted In Fox News Ad Boycott

Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune Tweet

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Polished Apple

Byran Appleyard, The Times

Chief executive of Apple Inc and owner of Jackling House changed the world and cheated death. So why the paranoia? Tweet

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Right And Wrong Way To Do Tech

Dave Winer, Scripting News

Apple would do well to throw in the towel on this system, they're in a no-win situation. They're spending money to lose money. Tweet

Phil Schiller Is A Man On A Mission: To Save The App Store

MG Siegler, TechCrunch

As Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, you’d have to imagine that Phil Schiller is a pretty busy guy. He’s also been moonlighting as Apple’s keynote speaker during Steve Jobs’ medical leave of absence. But now it’s really starting to look as if Schiller has taken on another task: App Store savior. Tweet

New Office 2010 Is Proof Microsoft Sabotaged Macintosh

DavI'd Coursey, PC World

Microsoft finally releasing a new Outlook for Macintosh next year is about 10 years too late and only underscores the real malice Redmond has towards Mac. Tweet

Outlook On The Mac: And They Lived Happily Ever After?

John C. Welch, Macworld

Outlook’s upcoming Mac version raises more questions than it answers. Tweet

Underwater Puzzler Jewel Of Atlantis Comes To Macs

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Apple's Snow Leopard: A Flurry Of Changes

Erica Ogg, CNET

What's the difference between Snow Leopard and Leopard? Tweet

China Unicom Denies Placing iPhone Order

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Create Unique Margins And Text Flows In Pages

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Have you ever wanted to create a document where the margins follow graceful curves, or the text is broken up by a wandering invisible line that meanders down the page? If so, and if you use Pages, here’s a really simple way to create those effects. Tweet

Have Mac, Will Open-source

Matt Asay , CNET

Life is too short to use a given application simply because it's open source (or Microsoft, or whatever). Use what works. Increasingly, this will lead you to use open source. But for me, the Mac is still the best desktop platform available, period. I'm therefore loving the combination of Mac OS X and a variety of open-source applications. Tweet

Apple’s Cash Hoard: It Just Keeps On Growing

Don Clark, Wall Street Journal

Remember when Wall Street was obsessed with Microsoft’s bulging bank account? Now it’s Apple that is awash in cash, the latest symbol of the company’s stunning ascendance over the past decade. Tweet

Psystar To Depose Numerous Apple Executives In Lawsuit


Clone Mac creator Psystar announced this week that it will conduct depositions of numerous high-ranking Apple officials as it prepares its defense against the company's lawsuit. Tweet

Review: IBiz 4.0

Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

Small business time tracking application offers versatile tools. Tweet

Adam Savage Interview -- Have Mac, Will Bust Myths

Leslie Ayers, Mac Life

How--and why--one of TV's most charismatic geeks has used Macs for years, can't live without his iPhone, and has never regretted it. Tweet

Nintendo DS Lookalike App Hits The App Store

Don Reisinger, CNET

Apple might have let one slip by. An app that looks awfully similar to the Nintendo DS is now available in its App Store. Tweet

Qik Goes Official, Comes To The App Store

Jeff Gamet, The iPod Observer

Qik requires an iPhone 3GS and supports video with audio capture, along with uploading and sharing videos to an online Qik account. Tweet

Five Little Apple Annoyances

No, we're not talking about the app store approval process, or the high priced RAM options. Today we look at five minor Apple annoyances, most of which could be fixed quickly/easily. Tweet

Has Phil Schiller Become Steve Jobs' "Good Twin"?

David Coursey, PCWorld

Phil Schiller, whom I haven't spoken to in several years, has a reputation as a bit of a fixer and nice guy inside Apple. If you have a problem that isn’t finance or engineering and is important enough, go see Phil. He settles battles between warring factions in the oh-so-political culture down in Cupertino.

My hope is that Schiller is on a mission-from-Steve to mend a few fences and improve some internal processes, most notably its App Store approval maze. My other hope is that Schiller would have been a voice against the banning of Google Voice applications, making him more than another Steve flunky. Tweet

Whither Apple TV?

Charles Jade, The Apple Blog Tweet

OverSite 3.1 Adds HTML Rendering Within Wireframes

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Apple's Board To Meet To Discuss Replacements for Google's Schmidt

Yukari Iwatani Kane and Joann S. Lublin, Wall Street Journal

Apple Inc.'s directors are planning to meet next Tuesday and plan to discuss possible replacements to the board seat recently vacated by Google Inc. chief executive Eric Schmidt, said a person familiar with the matter. Tweet

Microsoft Ships Entourage Web Services Edition

Philip Michaels, Macworld

Entourage 2008, Web Services Edition means the Mac e-mail client will stop using the WebDAV protocol in favor of Exchange Web Services. Tweet

Under The Gavel: Close A Door, Open A Window

Dan Moren, Macworld

Just goes to show you that when one class action door closes, the universe opens a litigious window. That’s what’s going on this week in the world of Apple’s legal forays. Tweet

Next Mac Office, Due By 2010's End, Gets Outlook

Ina Fried, CNET

Microsoft on Thursday said the next version of Office for Mac will arrive by the 2010 holiday buying season, and it added that the new version will include a version of Outlook.

Outlook for Mac will replace Entourage, the current e-mail and calendar program in the Mac Office suite. Although it will still differ from the Windows version of Outlook, it will add support for more Exchange features, such as public folders and rights management features. Tweet

Why I Always Disable “Wake On Lid Open” On My MacBooks

Andy Ihnatko's Celestial Waste of Bandwidth

Ideally, “Disable Wake On Lid Open” would be a system pref instead of something that can only be done via the command line. But if this were an ideal world, the normal bumps and jostles that a notebook experiences in transit wouldn’t be enough to wake the machine. Tweet

Cultivating Digital Simplicity

Chris Bowler, The Weekly Review

There are two tools which I use regularly to keep my screen clean and clutter free. They are Hazel and Witch—I’ve talked about them before, but not in the sense of simplicity. How do I use them? Hazel allows me to keep my desktop free of clutter and Witch keeps my screen clean with minimal windows in view. Tweet

Laying It All Out

Jettison Canopy

So if you’re after a page-layout tool and don’t want to pony-up for InDesign and do the learning that it requires, but you know you need something more than simply a word processor, what are the options? How do they compare, and is one better than another? Tweet

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Delicious Library 2.2 Adds New Amazon API Requirements

Jeff Gamet, The Mac Observer Tweet

Interview: How Apple Wins By Coming Second

Leander Kahney, Cult of Mac

Apple figures large in Secondonomics. Bower argues that Apple has gotten a lot of passes because of its underdog status. Tweet

Philip Schiller: Apple's Fireman (And Perhaps Most Valuable Exec)

Larry Dignan, ZDNet

Schiller is fulfilling a big need at Apple—he’s putting a face on the company. Apple has a face—Steve Jobs—but the genius at the helm doesn’t come off as approachable. Tweet

French Teenager Hurt By Shattering iPhone


A French teenager suffered an eye injury when his girlfriend's iPhone shattered, a few weeks after a similar incident involving an iPod in Britain, his mother said Wednesday. Tweet

The Real Issue Between Apple And Google

Darcy Travlos, Forbes

As Apple and Google's businesses converge, Apple's ability to create different experiences for the mobile user is standing out. Tweet

E-Mail From Apple: So?

Jared Newman, PC World

I understand this looks like a turning point in Apple policy, as if the company is abandoning its secretive ways and moving toward open communication with its consumers. It's not. It's just two e-mail messages. Tweet

Five Apple Retail Flops

Chris Ryan, The Apple Blog

With Microsoft’s first retail stores right around the corner, I wanted to look at some instances in Apple’s retail history where it, for better or for worse, missed the mark. Tweet

Will HTML 5 Break Apple's Stranglehold On Apps?

Alistair Croll, GigaOM

It’s no secret that the iPhone App Store is a walled garden. Mobile platform developers like Apple have several ways to control what can run on their devices: Prohibit plug-ins like Flash, cripple the Java they run, or simply limit the installation process. But HTML 5, the next big standard for the web, will dramatically reduce this control by creating a new generation of web sites that look and feel like they’re iPhone apps. Tweet

Apple Time Machine Users Hit With Mozy Backup Errors

Lucas Mearian, Computerworld

Decho Corp. today acknowledged that its popular Mozy online backup service is having problems saving backups sent to it by Apple Inc.'s Time Machine backup tool, which works with Apple's Time Capsule network-attached storage device. Tweet

Apple TV Is A Lemon

Nick Farrell, The Inquirer

Apple has been so confident that its Apple TV has reached a state of perfection that it has not bothered to update the box for 18 months. As a result sales are extremely low. Normally Apple releases a new one and encourages everyone to buy it, but rumours suggest that even Jobs thinks the Apple TV is a bit of a turkey. Tweet

Fan Boys Fuel The Flames Between Apple And Google

Preston Gralla, Computerworld

Increasingly, Apple and Google are becoming business rivals rather than partners. One of the more intriguing battles to come may be between the cultists who worship at the feet of each technology company. Tweet

Apple Releases DNS Security Update For Mac OS X


A new update from Apple for numerous versions of Mac OS X is designed to protect systems against remote attacks that could cause DNS servers to unexpectedly terminate. Tweet

Starting Out In College, The Mac Way

Blair Hanley Frank, Macworld

For the past few months, I’ve been working as an intern in Macworld’s San Francisco office, testing products, camping out for the iPhone 3GS, and engaging in a little cubicle warfare. Now I’m heading off to Whitman College for the first year of my undergraduate education. In addition to the usual accoutrements, like sheets (twin extra long, of course), a trash can, books, pens, paper, and the rest, I’m also packing some of my most important supplies: gadgets. After spending my summer surrounded by the latest hardware and software, whittling down my list of essential Mac gear hasn’t been easy. Here’s what’s on my back-to-school list. Tweet

Disabling Safari 4's Image Cache

Christopher Breen, Macworld Tweet

Adobe Bids Farewell To PowerPC Users

Kelly Turner, Macworld

Adobe today put PowerPC users on notice: in a newly published FAQ, the company confirms that future versions of the Creative Suite will run only on Intel-based Macs. Tweet

MobileMe Subscribers Encounter SMTP Problems


At least some MobileMe subscribers have been experiencing problems with Apple's SMTP servers, according to forum discussion. In attempting to send out e-mails, the subscribers have been running into timeouts, at which point they have been prompted to pick another SMTP server. Tweet

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Review: Drive Genius 2.2

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Five Favorite PowerPoint Tips

Tom Negrino, Macworld Tweet

The Fallout On The iPhone From The Google-Apple Divorce

Tom Yager, InfoWorld

Apple's gazillions of Developer Program participants, most of them working in native code, give Apple an advantage that other platforms can't match, even with a push from Google. If Google envy strikes in the form of some future feature denied to iPhone users, the App Store is likely to fill in the gap. Tweet

The 10 Most Expensive iPhone Apps

Dan Frommer, Alley Insider

iPhone App Store is most popular for its free and cheap apps. As a result, most apps and casual games are available for 99 cents or less. But there are plenty of expensive apps in the App Store, too, and people do buy them. Tweet

Apple Addresses 10.5.8 AirPort Issues With Software Update

Jeff Gamet, The Mac Observer

Apple released AirPort Client Update for MacBook and MacBook Pro 1.0 late on Tuesday to address Wi-Fi reliability issues some users were experiencing after installing the Mac OS X 10.5.8 update. Tweet

DVD Jon Subpoenaed In Apple Anti-trust Lawsuit

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet Tweet

The Closing Of The American iPhone

Timothy B. Lee, Bottom-up

The iPhone is a hit because it’s a brilliant product, with excellent software and brilliant industrial design. Its popularity has little or nothing to do with the fact that it’s a closed platform operating on a closed network. Tweet

Five Ways To Become A Mac Minimalist

David Klein, The Apple Blog

My interpretation of minimalism in the home office is removing all distracting items that are not constantly utilized. For software, this is both easy and cheap. Tweet

Apple TV Keeps Getting Worse

Dan Frommer, Business Insider

It's surprising that Apple, which has had so much success with its iPhone App Store, hasn't yet brought a similar framework to the Apple TV. Tweet

ATT Vs. Telefonica The Long Tail Effect Of Apple's App Store

Carl Ford , TMC Net

So if the apps are so kewl why is Telefonica not enjoying the same results. Tweet

The Science Behind Apple's Magic


A steady stream of revolutionary products. Swarms of devoted fans. Advertising that laughs at the competition. How does Apple do it? We’ll show you. Tweet

Apple Updates Safari To 4.0.3

Dan Moren, Macworld

According to Apple’s download page, Safari 4.0.3 is as stable as a barn full of horses, improving reliability for Web pages that use the HTML 5 video tag, third-party plug-ins, and Top Sites. It also fixes an issue that prevented some poor users from logging into (as well as reminding the rest of us that actually exists) and a problem that could cause Web content to be displayed in grayscale instead of color—shades of 1984! Tweet

App Store Approval Process Update

Capen Karr, App Advice Tweet

Review: Mophie Juice Pack For iPhone 3GS

Jason D. O'Grady, ZDNet Tweet

Tweetie For Mac Brings Excellent iPhone App To The Desktop

Dan Moren, Macworld

Tweetie is an excellent, easy-to-use Twitter client that will especially appeal to those who have to manage multiple accounts. Tweet

The App Store And The Long Tail Part 2: The Real "DRM" At Stake

Andrew Savikas, O'Reilly Media

Perhaps the most important "digital rights management" at stake right now is that of the rights to sell digital content globally. Tweet

On Saturday Night, We Drove Up To Seattle To Attend A Memorial Service For My Wife’s...

On Saturday night, we drove up to Seattle to attend a memorial service for my wife’s grandmother. Shortly after checking into the hotel, I checked the inbox on my Android phone and found myself staring at the words “Philip Schiller”. Tweet

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Stream Music From iTunes

Kirk McElhearn, Macworld Tweet


Susie Ochs, Mac Life

Multiwinia’s short matches are packed with strategy fun, with simple controls, endless replayability (especially for $19!), and tons of multiplayer potential. The sound effects bored us, but the Tron-ish vector graphics and glowing, geometric shapes are the perfect backdrop for these space-age skirmishes. We’ll never look at innocent stick figures the same way again. Tweet

BBC Hovers On iPhone Apps Due To Apple Terms

Robert Andrews,

While BBC Worldwide debuted Radio Times and Lonely Planet apps, and Livestation is distribution a BBC World News app, the public service broadcaster is still missing. PaidContent:UK understands this is due to BBC anxieties over Apple’s terms and conditions - in particular, a concern that it would be left open to “unlimited liability”. Tweet

Apple Reinstates Matte Display Option On 15-inch MacBook Pro, Charges $50 For It

Darren Murph, Engadget Tweet

iPhone 3GS Hardware Encryption Easy To Circumvent

Rich Mogull, TidBITS

Jailbreaking the iPhone appears to allow access to the memory location that stores either the passcode, or the setting to use the passcode. With this removed, you gain full access to the iPhone. Tweet

King Of The Apple Geeks

Dan Frommer, Business Insider

Indeed, Gruber has effectively created a job as one of the few self-sustaining, solo Web "columnists" out there -- a job that didn't exist five years ago. Tweet

Majority Of CIOs Still Reject The iPhone, But Resistance Is Weakening

Jason Hiner, TechRepublic Tweet

Apple's Duty (And How It's Failing)

Mark Murphy, NetworkWorld

What is happening right now is the formation of a meme: that Apple is closed and closed is bad. It's not that Apple's tactics changed, but that Apple's tactics resulted in a bunch of negative public events, from the big-ticket Google Voice brouhaha to the less-publicized bits about how Apple wants jailbreaking to be made illegal. This appears to have been a "tipping point" that led to the formation of this meme. Tweet

"Evil Steve" Drives Apple's Problems

David Coursey, PC World

Steve Jobs is to blame. For, behind the genius, is the ruthlessness and single-mindedness that has gotten to company into this mess. But, if "Evil Steve" caused the problem, "Nice Steve" can solve them. People want to love Steve Jobs, he just needs to make it easier. Tweet

Apple's Master Plan (Even Fanboys Should Be Scared)

Jason Calacanis, IP

Freedom for our generation starts at our keyboards, flows through our computers and phones, and then on to the internet. Anyone who tries to limit your freedoms in that process is the enemy--even if they produce the best products available right now. Tweet

Bend Code To Your Will With SubEthaEdit Update

Philip Michaels, Macworld

The marquee addition to SubEthaEdit 3.5 appears to be code folding—a new feature that lets you hide text or source code in a document. Doing so should let you focus on the task at hand. Tweet

Review: Evernote 1.4

Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

Evernote 1.4.7 is a versatile tool for capturing a wide variety of information and syncing that information among a variety of platforms. While there are some odd feature differences between the iPhone app and its desktop corollary, especially when it comes to adding audio notes, there’s also quite a bit of power in Evernote’s Web back end. The program’s text recognition and search capabilities are unique and powerful and it’s features like these that make Evernote a real standout. Tweet

Apple Store Set To Replace Art Deco Landmark

Leander Kahney, Cult of Mac

Preservationists in Melbourne, Australia, are up in arms about the imminent destruction of a historic art deco building in favor of a new Apple store. Tweet

Monday, August 10, 2009

Major Educational E-book Publisher Targets iPhone

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The Case Against [For] Apple

Nic Pottier, IP

First off, one has to realize that Apple is vastly more open and provides far more opportunity to individual developers than any other platform. Although they weren't the first to have an on device app store, they are the first really popular phone to have one, and the first to exercise very little control over the content of said store. Yes, a few things are off limits, but name me another platform that has near the number of apps. Tweet

Re: The Case Against Apple

Tom Goltz, IP

I agree with the author that both the public AND Apple would benefit from the iPhone becoming a much more open platform, but he needs to be careful to confine his proposed solutions to the technically possible. Tweet

An Apple Board Of Directors For The 2010s

Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

Eric Schmidt's exit creates an opening for Apple to make COO Tim Cook a director. Next it needs members to help face the challenges of its fourth decade. Tweet

Planet Calacanis

Marco Arment

He has some good points, but they’re buried in so much off-base ranting and misplaced frustration that it’s difficult to take any of it seriously. Tweet

Media Companies Navigate Smart Phone Apps

Stephanie Clifford, New York Times

Media brands are jumping onto the iPhone. USA Today? There’s an app for that. “The Rachel Maddow Show”? “Entertainment Tonight”? Public radio? Yes, yes and yes, there are apps for those.

Now, if only there were an app that showed media companies how to make money on the iPhone. Tweet

The Case Against Apple Is Just As Much A Case For Apple

MG Siegler, TechCrunch

Many of the problems Calacanis talks about simply aren’t seen as problems by Apple, and more importantly, by the public at large. Until that changes, there is no real risk to Apple. Tweet

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Case Against Apple

Jason Calacanis, Fortune

Apple will face a user revolt in the coming years based upon Microsoft, Google and other yet-to-be-formed companies, undercutting their core markets with cheap, stable and open devices. Apple's legendary comeback ability will be for naught if they don't deeply examine their anti-competitive nature. Tweet

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Problem With Self-Imposed iPhone Boycott Is I’m Not aure How I When It Ends Tweet

The iPhone's SMS Vulnerability: What We Learned

Rich Mogull, Macworld

Now-patched vulnerability highlights interesting issues about today’s smartphones. Tweet

Hoyle Puzzle & Board Games 2009

Charlie Fletcher, Inside Mac Games

It’s a great set of games with enduring replay value. However, if you already have last year’s version and don’t care to play on the net, it’s not worth the upgrade. Tweet

On Phil Schiller's Credibility


We do not offer an opinion as to whether Schiller is being truthful in the App Store censorship matter. We only point out that his past statements when Apple was under fire mean that he does not get the benefit of our doubt. If Apple’s policy truly is not to censor applications for “including references to common swear words” (or ask their developers to do so to gain approval, either explicitly or implicitly), we’ll see the results in the App Store, and Schiller will have won back some credibility.

If he is dissembling, we’ll continue to hear stories from developers whose software was rejected because of such references, and it will be clear to anyone paying attention that Schiller’s press statements about how Apple didn’t do awful or stupid things simply cannot be trusted. Tweet

Virtual Keyboards On iPhone And Android

Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code

A virtual keyboard lives and dies by the details. It’s not that there’s a single feature which makes the iPhone’s virtual keyboard better than Android’s; it’s death by a thousand cuts. A number of small differences end up making a huge difference. Tweet

Friday, August 7, 2009

Google's Chief Accepted Gear But No Pay As Apple Board Member

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Apple’s Curious PR Problem

Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune Tweet

How Apple Offered An Olive Branch Over iPhone Apps

Bobbie Johnson, The Guardian

A rare public statement from senior Apple man Phil Schiller won't end developer frustrations with the iPhone - but it could be the first sign of a thaw. Tweet

Microsoft Office Update For Mac Adds Compatibility


Microsoft has released v12.2.1 of its Office application suite for Mac, aiming to fix an issue that prevents users from opening various types of documents. Tweet

Apple Demonstrates The Need For Net Neutrality -- Now

Neil Mcallister, InfoWorld

Recent moves to block apps from the iPhone show why legislation to preserve equal access to the internet is needed now more than ever. Tweet

Is Google Voice A Threat To AT&T?

David Pogue, New York Times

In short, what Apple and AT&T have accomplished with their heavy-handed, Soviet information-control style is not to bury these useful apps. Instead, Apple/AT&T have elevated them to martyr status—and, in effect, thrown down a worldwide challenge to programmers everywhere. Tweet

Realizations Of Rounded Rectangles

Keith Lang, UI&Us

Steve took Bill on a walk, pointing out the ubiquity of rounded rectangles in the world around them. Eventually a rounded rectangular No Parking sign convinced Bill. Tweet

Rejected By Apple, iPhone Developers Go Underground

Brian X. Chen, Wired

Apple is the exclusive gatekeeper to its iPhone App Store, able to reject apps at will — as it did July 28 with Google Voice. But some developers aren’t taking the rejection lying down: They’re turning instead to an unauthorized app store called Cydia, where forbidden wares continue to exist — and even earn developers some money. Tweet

Why Both Kids & Parents Love The iPhone

Jennifer Martinez, GigaOM

If you’re a parent with an iPhone or iPod touch, chances are your kids are dying to play with it. And a majority of parents who own such devices let their kids do just that, at least once a week, a study conducted by MTV’s Nickelodeon has found. The motivation for parents? They see it as a source of entertainment, education — and plain ole distraction. Tweet

As Apple Starts Talking About App Rejections, Another Popular One Is Pulled

MG Siegler, TechCrunch

Sex Offender, an app to locate sexual predators in your area, had been consistently in the top 10 paid apps for weeks. And now it’s gone — not just off of the list, but off of the store. Tweet

Apple’s Phil Schiller Speaks On Censored iPhone Dictionaries, But Ignores The Bigger Issues

Jason Kincaid, TechCrunch

I realize that Schiller probably has his hands tied to some extent, though he is obviously quite high up on the Apple food chain. And his letter to Gruber is really a breath of fresh air after many months of near-silence from Apple. But at the same time, his statement that Apple’s efforts are always made with the best intentions with hopes of improving quickly are hard to take at face value. Apple has remained mum on these problems for so long now, it’s hard not to think that they’re only beginning to address them publicly after the flurries of bad press have turned into a persistent raging storm. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Apple really has been working hard behind the scenes, but they’ve done nothing to show that that’s the case. Tweet

Top 10 Reader iPhone Annoyances (And How To Fix Them)

Jared Newman, PC World

The iPhone is far from perfect. Readers contribute their top iPhone annoyances to the discussion, and we offer solutions. Tweet

Apple Reverses iPhone Developer Program Limit Policy

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Dealing With Podcast Glut

Christopher Breen, Macworld

There are steps you can take to prevent being overwhelmed with podcasts and their episodes. Tweet

Analysis: Why Apple Owns The High-end

Tom Kaneshige, CIO

So why is Apple successful on the high-end, high-margins of the market? Good technology is one reason, for sure. Another reason: it’s much easier to capture the highpoint in a market you’ve reinvented. Put another way, Sacconaghi credits Apple’s first mover advantage to its success. Tweet

MyFi Plus iPod Touch (Almost) Equals iPhone

Charlie Sorrel, Wired

The real point is that if you have a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot in your pocket, it is going to be cheaper than an iPhone contract pretty much anywhere, and can not only enable your iPod Touch to have an always on connection, but let you make Skype calls and stream music without having to worry about the usual iPhone size limits, as you’re on Wi-Fi. You can also share the connection with five machines in total, including a netbook for true on the go video calls and (gasp) Spotify. Tweet

Product News: Secret Folder 7 Improves Finder Support

The Mac Observer Tweet

App Store Rejections Tied To Third Party Rights Infringements

Erica Sadun, TUAW

"We have not stopped approving ebook readers and ebooks in fact we've approved 221 new ebooks to the App Store since 7/30/09." Tweet

Apple's High-end Strategy Paying Off In The Mobile Market

Chris Foresman, Ars Technica

Apple has long pointed out that its strategy isn't to focus on quantity, but quality. That strategy is paying of for its mobile platform just as well as it has for the Mac, garnering the company a third of the profits generated in the mobile handset market despite its tiny market share. Tweet

Phil Schiller Responds Regarding Ninjawords And The App Store

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

After going back to Ninjawords’s developers and conferring with some trusted sources within Apple, I believe what Schiller says here is genuinely the case — that what the App Store reviewers wanted for Ninjawords was a 17+ rating, not for Matchstick Software to filter its dictionary listings.

In particular, it seems like it really came down to bad timing around the launch of parental controls. Matchstick Software initially submitted the app on May 13. The response from the App Store was that Apple wouldn’t publish it with those words without a 17+ parental control rating. But parental controls — the preferences that specify the age rating limits for apps — debuted in iPhone OS 3.0, which was not released until June 17. And, it’s worth noting, the June 17 release date wasn’t announced until the WWDC keynote address on June 8. Back in May, Matchstick Software knew only that OS 3.0 was coming in the near future. Tweet

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Software Pricing: Are We Doing It Wrong?

Jeff Atwood, Coding Horror

I love buying software, and I know I buy a heck of a lot more of it when it's priced right. So why not? Tweet

Small But Mighty

Chong Jinn Xiung, Malaysia Star

The most notable overall improvement to the new Macbook Pro is its long-lasting battery life, which significantly increases its usability when you’re out travelling and saves you the trouble of having to charge every so often. Tweet

A Not-so-deeper Look At OS X 10.5.8

Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Apple’s own notes do a good job at covering the big details of the items it updated this time out. Tweet

Final Cut Pro Gets New Metadata Workflow Tools

MacNN Tweet

Like Many Relationships, iPhone Love Can Sour

Daniel Harrison, MSNBC

Gadget can do no wrong at first — but then the faults appear and annoy. Tweet

1Password, 1Password Pro Updated With Quick Copy/Paste And More

Tyler Tschida, App Advice Tweet

The Great iPhone Lockdown: Should The FCC Force Apple To Sell Google's iPhone Apps?

Farhad Manjoo, Slate

The iPhone runs on public networks and therefore falls under government jurisdiction. At the very least, the regulators have a duty to ensure fair competition on wireless networks—and by arbitrarily blocking rivals from its device, the iPhone's software platform simply isn't fair. Tweet

Mac OS X 10.5.8 Chock Full Of Security, Reliability Fixes

Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.5.8 via Software Update with plenty of reliability and security fixes to go around. Leopard users will want to update, even if they're just biding time until Snow Leopard is released this fall. Tweet

Five Parent-Proof Reasons You Need An iPhone

Dan Moren, Macworld

Going off to college can be scary, especially if it’s your first time on your own. But you know what makes it less scary? Getting your own iPhone. So, kids, here are five great reasons you can use to convince your folks that the one thing you absolutely need when going off to college isn’t a laundry bag or clean towels, but the most advanced smart phone on the face of the earth. Tweet

The End Of The Road For A Favored Text Editor

Rob Griffiths, Macworld Tweet

News: Apple, Psystar Settlement Conference Pushed To October

Jeff Gamet, The Mac Observer

The motion to postpone the meeting was jointly filed by Apple and Psystar so that it would fall after the August 21st fact discovery deadline, and because Psystar's new legal team was still familiarizing itself with the case. Tweet

Apple Keyboard Firmware Vulnerability Demonstrated

Dan Moren, Macworld

As it turns out, Apple’s keyboards (both the laptop and external USB versions) include both a small amount of RAM and flash memory—plenty of room to run a simple keylogging program. Tweet

Interview: Brent Simmons On Ads And Google Reader Sync In NetNewsWire

Giles Turnbull, Cult of Mac

"It’s five-year-old code, and it was the first time I ever tried syncing. I’ve learned a ton about syncing since then. I’ve also learned that if I want to fix the bugs in the FTP (and MobileMe) syncing, I’d have to start over completely. It’s not just that it’s buggy — the model is flawed, top-to-bottom. The entire thing is a giant bug." Tweet

The Inhospitable Land Of The App Store

David Weiss, Unweary

What frustrates me most about the approval process is actually not that it is so opaque, but that it does nothing truly positive for customers. It doesn't help quality. It doesn't help customers find the right solutions. It doesn't protect customers. Tweet

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

iPhone A Hit With Consumer Companies

by InformationWeek

Pizza Hut, Kraft, and Whole Foods are looking to iPhone apps to grow revenues in a tough economy. Tweet

Goodbye iPod, Hello iPhone

by Philip Elmer-DeWitt,

Apple passed an important milestone last quarter that nobody on Wall Street seems to have noticed: the iPod, once Apple’s No. 1 source of revenue, fell into third place after the Mac (No. 1) and the iPhone (No. 2). Tweet

The iPhone Gets Easier To Dislike

by Rob Pegoraro, Washington Post

After spending two years as a darling of the digerati, Apple's iPhone has started getting some hate mail. And it's not coming from people happy with other devices who resent the fuss over this one gadget, but from folks who had until recently used or admired the iPhone. Tweet

Report: iPhone Grabs 32% Of Global Handset Profits

by AppleInsider

Apple's iPhone now accounts for 8% of all mobile phone revenue and a whopping 32% of the industry's handset profits, according to figures published by Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi. Tweet

What Your 5 Most Used iPhone Apps Say About You

by Tom Kaneshige, CIO Tweet

Ninjawords: iPhone Dictionary, Censored By Apple

by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Apple censored an English dictionary. Tweet

Generate Google Voice Speed Dial Bookmarks For Your iPhone

by Adam Pash, Lifehacker Tweet

The GigaOM Interview: FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski On Mobile, Broadband, iPhone & Innovation

by Om Malik, GigaOM Tweet

Will Apple Ever Support Blu-ray?

by Chris Ryan, Fortune

What a lot of people fail to realize when considering why Apple hasn’t made a huge foray into the Blu-ray world, is just how different Blu-rays are from DVDs (in terms of functionality). Tweet

MenuMinder: Simple Is Better

by NoodleMac Tweet

Review: Firefox 3.5

by Nathan Alderman, Macworld

If you have the need for speed above all else, Firefox 3.5 can’t hold a candle to Safari’s raw power. But for most users, the difference will be negligible. Firefox has evolved into a beautiful, polished program that’s a pleasure to use. When it comes to customization and flexibility, it’s light-years beyond any other browser on the market. Tweet

Play .wma, Ogg, And FLAC Files In iTunes

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

With a little conversion magic and the proper add-ons, the audio contained within them will soon pour through your Mac’s speakers. Tweet

Ulysses 2 Lives Up To Its Name

by John Martellaro, The Mac Observer

Ulysses 2 is the next generation of the well-known writing tool developed by Blue Technologies in Leipzig, Germany. Now, Ulysses 2 has been revamped, simplified slightly, made more robust, and gained added features. The developer has also re-imagined itself and has been reborn as The Soulmen. Ulysses 2 is now a worthy competitor to the other novel writing programs. Tweet

iTunes Store Finally Touches Down On Mexican Soil

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Music fans in Mexico can now purchase DRM-free tracks from their own localized version of the iTunes Store, as well as music videos and iPhone apps. No more annoying gift card workarounds! Tweet

NeXTStep Icons Still in OSX Leopard

by James Little,

I’ve always liked the design of the NeXT icons even if they appear slightly dated. Tweet

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

NewsGator Switches Users To Google Reader For Sync, Online RSS

by Doug McLean, TidBITS

NewsGator made a kind of promise when it took a popular software category and made it impossible for a commercial application to survive: that the firm was committed to this for the long haul. Business exigencies may have changed that commitment, but the firm has done a poor job communicating about the situation and offering users a smooth transition. Tweet

New iPhone Ad Shows Off Sharing Features

by The Mac Observer

Apple released a new iPhone commercial Monday evening that shows off the device's ability to share data through third party applications. Tweet

Play Internet Radio In The Background

by Jason Snell, Macworld

It turns out that, thanks to the iPhone 3.0 software update, the iPhone is finally capable of playing back streaming audio in the background. You can’t do it with a third-party app, of course, but you can do it with Safari. Tweet

Apple Vs. Google: Tech's Newest Rivalry?

by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek

The Valley giants both want to determine how users access the mobile Web. Eric Schmidt's exit from Apple's board may be the shot that starts the race in earnest. Tweet

A Bruising Experience For Apple

by The Guardian Tweet

Review: SpamSweep 1.6.1

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

If you’re looking for an easy-to-use antispam program, and don’t mind using two applications to handle your e-mail, SpamSweep 1.6.1 is a reasonable alternative. If you prefer a more integrated approach or you’d like more control over the filters used to sort your e-mail, you’ll want to look elsewhere. Tweet

The Google Vs. Apple War Begins

by Sascha Segan, PC Magazine

Is Google using the government to show Apple who's boss? Tweet

Schmidt Resignation: Is Apple Building Apple Search Service?

by Tom Foremski, Silicon Valley Watcher Tweet

Apple Bans App Store’s 3rd-most Prolific Developer

by Gagan Biyani, MobileCrunch

Whoa. Wait a second. Over the course of 9 months, Apple has accepted 900 applications submitted by Khalid Shaikh and his team of developers. Then, realizing their mistake months later, Apple tells Khalid he has to delete all of his apps? I’m not going to say that Khalid’s apps aren’t useless (more on that later), nor would I argue that they are providing any value to the App Store (they aren’t). Yet, there are obviously some major inconsistencies when Apple lets hundreds of applications through the App Store, all from one developer, and then suddenly revokes the developer’s license to do business altogether. Tweet

Apple Releases GarageBand 5.1 Update

by Jonathan Seff, Macworld

The 139MB update to Apple’s consumer audio creation application includes several changes. You can now add GarageBand track effects and Audio Units to a guitar track; there’s improved support for Apogee audio interfaces and access to audio monitoring settings; and the program offers faster switching to full screen in Magic GarageBand. Tweet

Re: Keyboard Hack Could Leave Your Mac Completely Vulnerable

by Jeff Porten, IP

In short -- Ou is a known yahoo, and this strikes me as more FUD. I'll believe this when I see confirmation from a respectable source. Tweet

Give The Apple Board Seat To Tim Cook

by Dan Frommer, Business Insider

Now that Apple has its Eric Schmidt problem solved -- the Google CEO stepped down from Apple's board today -- it's a perfect opportunity to appoint Apple chief operating office Tim Cook to the board of directors. Tweet

Apple’s Coming Radio Shack Problem

by PixoBebo

Like Radio Shack, Apple’s iTunes Store needs a new name and more than a paint job. Tweet

FTC Still Probing Google And Apple After Schmidt Resignation

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Apple's Board of Directors and Google CEO Eric Schmidt have parted ways, but Genentech CEO Arthur Levinson still sits on both boards. Because of this, the Federal Trade Commission has confirmed that it's still investigating the companies for anticompetitive behavior while a watchdog group calls for Levinson's resignation. Tweet

Schmidt's Exit From Apple Board Benefits Consumers

by Todd R. Weiss, PC World

For consumers, Schmidt’s resignation won’t have a direct impact, certainly, but it could be a harbinger of new cool things coming from both companies in the future. Tweet

Ten Essential Back-to-school iPhone Apps

by Jeff Phillips, Macworld

Getting ready for classes to start? Make sure these apps are on your iPhone. Tweet

Mac 911 And The Summer Vacation

by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Just when I think I’ve got this summer-vacation-and-technology thing down, new lessons present themselves. Tweet

Monday, August 3, 2009

Eric Schmidt Resigns From Apple Board

by Caroline McCarthy, CNET

Apple Inc. announced Monday in a release that Google CEO Eric Schmidt is resigning from its board of directors.

This is not a surprising move.. Tweet

Apple Blossoms Because Its Tribe Spreads The Word

by The Irish Times

The renewed success of Apple has not just been down to management or even creating new products with funky colours and cool designs. It is also because many of its most devoted customers think of themselves as more than mere consumers. They are citizens of a kind of Apple nation, whose loyalty to the brand is about more than owning the best gadgets; it is about being part of a tribe and spreading the word. Tweet

Apple Tries To Silence Owner Of Exploding iPod

by The Times Tweet

Sunday, August 2, 2009

How Apple Can Mess With Your Life

by Chris Matyszczyk, CNET News Tweet

City's Apple Stores Become Second Office And Tourist Attraction

by New York Daily News

New York's Apple stores - which first debuted in the city in 2002 - have become more than just a place to buy the latest iPhone.

They are now uber-cool destinations of choice where everyone from the ultra-chic to techie geeks flock day and night. Tweet

Apple Finally Gives iPhone Devs Estimated App Approval Time

by The Loop

It’s not much, but it’s something. iPhone app developers on Saturday got a little gift from Apple when they logged into their accounts — estimated approval times. Tweet

AT&T: App Store Rejections Are All Apple's Fault

by Pete Cashmore, Mashable

The short of it: AT&T is claiming no direct involvement with App Store rejections. Tweet

Re: An Observation About Apples Claims On Jamming

by Ronald Lachman, IP

Corporations rarely defend their positions in court primarily by saying "we do this so we have better odds of making more money". Apple doesn't deny they do this to preserve their relationship with the carriers, they are merely adding additional "technical reasons" for their position. Tweet

Hey Mike, I Told You So

by Dave Winer, Scripting News

The only platform that really works is a platform with no platform vendor, and that's the Internet. Steve Jobs is the anti-Internet. Tweet

Apple Vs My Preconceived Notions

by Rafe Colburn,

In one scenario, this is a bubble of sorts. Apple may be doing OK now, but they’re headed for a big crash when people get sick of their behavior. In another scenario — one that I think is, sadly, more likely, Apple continues as they are, adjusting when it must to address reality, but only in the most minimal way. Tweet

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Apple: Secrecy Does Not Scale

by Anil Dash

The element of secrecy that's been required to maintain Apple's mystique has incurred an increasingly costly price. Apple must transform itself and leave its history of secrecy behind, not just to continue being innovative and to protect the fundamentals of its business, but because the cost of keeping these secrets has become morally and ethically untenable. Tweet

FCC Questions Apple Over Google Voice

by Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has written to Apple, AT&T and Google questioning the rejection of Google Voice and related applications from the App Store. Tweet

New NetNewsWire Sync Option Isn't For Everyone

by Rob Griffiths, Macworld

Why dropping MobileMe Sync for Google Reader is a fatal error. Tweet

Farewell, Shake

by Gary Adcock, Macworld

Shake has been a solid partner that offered me high-end tools when nothing else in the Apple realm did—until the latest release of Final Cut Studio. While I lament Shake’s passing, Apple has finally brought into Final Cut the last few things that I used Shake for on a regular basis, so hopefully all is not lost with this long-neglected flagship tool. Tweet

iPhone OS 3.0.1 Already Released, Addresses SMS Flaw

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

You know that SMS vulnerability that was revealed at the Black Hat conference this week? Apple has now released an update that patches the flaw in the iPhone OS. At 230MB though, this update seems a bit hefty. Tweet

Apple, The App Store Just Isn't You

by Dan Moren, Macworld

The company's latest moves stifle innovation, and consumers will be the ones who get hurt. Tweet

Life On The Internet, Aiding And Abetting With An iPhone

by The Mac Observer Tweet

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